Claiming he saw “Iraq” people running through his neighbors’ yard, a Port Charlotte man fired a rifle into his neighbors’ house, a report says.

The neighbors were home during the shooting but were not injured, although a window air-conditioning unit was destroyed when 58-year-old Arthur R. Miller opened fire on the home Tuesday evening, according to the report by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller was charged with two felonies, shooting into a dwelling and criminal mischief. He also was charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

He told deputies that he has mental problems.

Miller was taking multiple medications and drinking beer with a friend at 6:10 p.m. when he saw what he thought were Iraqis running through the neighbors’ yard on Tappan Zee Drive, according to the report.

The unemployed Massachusetts native asked his friend to fetch a .22 caliber rifle from the house, according to the report.

Miller told deputies he then fired “10 to 12 rounds” at the house.

Eight spent shell casings were found in Miller’s carport, according to the report.

“Arthur states his intent was to kill the people,” a deputy wrote.

Miller’s neighbors estimated the damage to their air-conditioning unit at $1,000.


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